Bee and Grasshopper

Grasshopper and Bee
Graphite and white charcoal on tan paper, 6.25″ x 6″

I took this photo while walking this morning, hoping to see a bumblebee and not at all expecting a grasshopper. There were a couple of other attempts at painting something with watercolor to post today, but they weren’t working out well. Maybe I should make more drawings like this for awhile, or something else?

Bee and Grasshopper 1 ref


A butterfly on a flower

Today I went to the Butterfly Pavilion, which is a short distance north of Denver. It’s an interesting place with an indoor tropical forest that has lots of different butterflies flying around in it that they raise. There’s also a room with many kinds of tarantulas and other invertebrates in different terrariums, and a room with aquariums. They do conservation work with butterflies and other creatures.

Bee on a Flower

Bee on a Flower

Watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed paper, 10.75” x 7.5”

This is mostly cobalt violet light, manganese blue hue, Payne’s grey, Daniel Smith’s lunar earth, a little raw sienna, and a lot of a terre verte that has viridian mixed into it.

Before starting this I was reading in the book of Ephesians where Paul was explaining the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles. He said “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” (Eph 3:7-8)

I especially noticed the part where Paul, in humility from the awareness of his own sins in contrast with his knowledge of the holiness of God, called himself “less than the least of all saints.” Yet he was a recipient of grace, which can never be earned or deserved (because then it could not be called grace), and it was received through “the effectual working” of the power of God.

As I read that a thought came to me that I wanted to share, so I made this painting to have an opportunity. What I want to say is that if you have accepted Jesus as your savior then say with confidence “I, too, will gain the victory through Christ.” This victory comes through beholding Him and submitting your will to Him, and all who do may gain the victory as Paul did.

Reference photo-

Bee on a Flower ref

Many of the photos of bees on flowers I didn’t post because they weren’t focused right or, like this one, not framed the way I wanted because slight movements of the wind kept moving everything.

Bees on Flowers

I took some photos of bees in my garden using a very inexpensive lens extender tube on my camera to let me focus very close. It has to be focused manually though, and every slight movement closer or farther from the bee lost the focus, so most of the photos were out of focus.

Bee on Echinacea Flower 1 small

Bee on Echinacea Flower 2 small

Bee on Cantaloupe Flower 1 small

Bee on Flower 2 small

Native Bee on Cantaloupe Flower 1 small

This last one is a species of bee native to California. Honey bees aren’t native here, and I’ve read different sources saying we have over 1000 or maybe even over 1600 species of native bees. I don’t know which one this is, but I think it’s a solitary miner bee that digs little holes. They’re very tiny and move fast so it’s hard to even see them, and especially hard to get a close photo.

Bees and Squash Blossoms

I got my camera out this morning and took some photos of bees in the squash blossoms of my garden. This one bee was covered in so much pollen that it could barely fly. It still made it from plant to plant though, but every now and then it would have to stop and wipe its face off to see where it was going. I followed that one around for several photos and you’ll be able to tell which one it is each time you see it.

Some of these are cropped, but none are edited beyond that. It would have been really good to have had a macro lens for this, but I just use the one that came with my camera. Most of these photos are about 1000×667, so click view full size to see them like that.